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Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education

Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education

Paperback : 9780889775367, 352 pages, May 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889775374, 352 pages, May 2018


  • Winner, Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education 2019


Current global trends suggest a time of exciting possibility for scholars as critical, community-engaged, and participatory epistemologies come to the fore.

Yet, just as possibilities invite academics to broaden and deepen scholarship in ways unimagined a decade before, a parallel shift towards a neoliberal and accountability-focused culture – both in the academy and in society – imperils every new opportunity.

In Dissident Knowledge, Noam Chomsky, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Yvonna S. Lincoln, and others delve into the effects of colonialism, neoliberalism, and audit culture on higher education. They present promising avenues of resistance and show how to shape, reinvent, and construct life for faculty in institutions that serve as both a safe harbour and enforcer.  


Winner, Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education, 2019

"Fueling the current onslaught on higher education is the perfect storm of neoliberalism at its apex, totalitarianism on the rise, and enduring legacies of colonialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and imperialism. Education has never been guarded from such forces, but nor has it ever been free of contestation, and higher education in particular has long perpetuated injustice even as it seeded revolutions. Such is the searing analysis and nurturing of hope offered by an all-star collection of scholars. " —Kevin Kumashiro, author of Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

"The space for dissent and democratic debate is quickly shrinking both in public life and academic institutions. This volume helps readers ask critical and conscious questions about what it means to contend for truth. " —Gloria Ladson-Billings, author of The Dreamkeepers

"This book maps the path toward a university based on ethics and justice rather than corporate needs. It reaches anyone who wants to understand the social, political, and economic trends that define our times. " —William Ayers, author of Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World

"Provide[s] critical perspectives on the impact of neoliberalism and new managerialism on universities. " —LSE Review of Books

"The present collection is intended to serve as a tool for new and seasoned scholars alike who are seeking to navigate, critically resist, and collectively reclaim and reimagine the academy. " —Social Theory Applied